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Chronic Wasting Disease Management

CWD Management Zones are areas where CWD is known to exist. To prevent the spread of CWD from infected areas of Montana to other parts of the state, the whole carcass, whole head, brain, or spinal column from any deer, elk, or moose harvested within a CWD Management Zone may not be removed from that Management Zone unless the animal has tested negative for CWD. See map above.

Priority Sampling Areas are areas at highest risk of becoming infected through the natural spread of CWD. Hunters who stop at check stations in a sampling area may be asked if their animal can be tested.

CWD Check Stations are set up within priority sampling areas to take samples of animals harvested within that sampling area.
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The latest on CWD in Montana:

Chronic Wasting Disease, or CWD, was discovered in Montana in 2017. In 2018, FWP detected 26 new cases of CWD among wild deer, including 21 cases along the northern border in every county from Liberty County east to the North Dakota border, and five cases within the CWD-positive area south of Billings. In the spring of 2019, CWD was found in Libby. Special hunting regulations will be coming early fall.

In 2019, FWP will consolidate “CWD positive areas” and “Transport Restriction Zones” into the single moniker “CWD Management Zones.” The southern portion of FWP Region 7 will be included in the southern CWD Management Zone in anticipation of finding CWD positive deer in that area. CWD surveillance/monitoring during fall 2019 will be focused in southeastern Montana, around Philipsburg, and along the Hi-Line.

The following is the latest news on CWD in Montana, as well as information about the disease and ongoing surveillance efforts:

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